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Leadership Crisis Rock CAPDAN, Computer Village Association



The Computer and Allied Products Dealer Association of Nigeria (CAPDAN), the market association of Ikeja Computer Village, has been thrown into leadership turmoil as a result of the inability of the present executive led by Adeniyi Ojikutu, to handover over to a Caretaker Committee appointed by the Board of Trustees as their tenure has expired in line with the constitutional provisions.

The situation led to invitation of heavily armed policemen from Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) and the Police from Area F, to prevent breakdown of law and order at the CAPDAN secretariat, located inside Ikeja Computer Village.

Nigeria CommunicationsWeek gathered that the current CAPDAN Executive, led by its president, Mr. Adeniyi Ojikutu, has completed the stipulated two terms in office according to the constitution, but refused to conduct election and handover to another executive, a situation that compelled CAPDAN Board of Trustees to legally constitute a caretaker committee that will take over from the current Exco and conduct election within two months as enshrined in the CAPDAN constitution.

A letter written by the Board of Trustees to the current CAPDAN executive, dated July 30th, 2018, which was made available to the media, read: Please refer to our letter dated 10th July, 2018, particularly to paragraph three thereof concerning the plan by the Caretaker Committee to takeover from the present executive members and conduct a fresh election in line with the provisions of the constitution.

The Board of Trustees, in the letter, listed the members of the caretaker committee to include: Mr. Tunde Aremu as Chairman; Chief Viginus Odinaka as Vice Chiarman; Mr. James Odia as Secretary, Alhaji Tope Alebiosu as member and Mrs. Joke Sofowora as member.

The letter further informed the Ojikutu-led CAPDAN executive that the caretaker committee shall be officially inaugurated on Friday August 3, 2018 at the CAPDAN Secretariat, while requesting the support of the current executive for a peaceful handover.

Having written the letter, the caretaker committee gathered for the inauguration and handover, but they were surprised to see the presence of armed Policemen who prevented them from holding the inauguration and handover in the secretariat. The Police told them that there was an order from the Commissioner of Police, asking both factions to meet at Area F Police Command same day.

At the meeting, which was attended by the Police Area Commander, the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) and the two factions, the Police ordered the current CAPDAN executive to return back to the market, and hold a meeting with the Board of Trustees to settle their differences and report back to the Police.

Reacting to the situation, Ojikutu said the caretaker committee was illegally constituted without the presence of CAPDAN President and Secretary.

He equally said the committee wanted to force him out of office whereas he has not completed his three years of one tenure as stipulated by the constitution.

“The constitution allows for three years tenure and we have spent just two years, and they want us out,” Ojikutu said.

Aremu however said two years tenure was stipulated by the constitution and that letters have been sent to the current executive members over two months ago, reminding them to vacate office at the expiration of their tenure, but that they have refused to obey the constitution, hence the caretaker committee was set up by the Board of Trustees.

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4th Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Forum Holds October



Tony Elumelu flanked by foundation beneficiaries

Africa’s leading entrepreneurship-focused philanthropic organisation, the Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF), has announced October 25, 2018, as the date for its 4thannual TEF Entrepreneurship Forum.


The largest gathering of African entrepreneurs and the broader entrepreneurship ecosystem will unite over 5,000 entrepreneurs, global investors, leaders from the African public and private sectors and developmental organisations at the Federal Palace Hotel, Lagos.


The event is a unique opportunity to generate ideas, forge networks and bring policymakers and the private sector together, in a spirit of robust debate and interaction.


The 2018 cohort from the Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme, as well as mentors and partners, will be present, as the culmination of their intensive twelve-week induction.


In keeping with the Foundation’s track record―most recently with President Macron of France―of bringing politicians face to face with the new generation of young business women and men shaping Africa, the Forum will include an interactive session with President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya and President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana, moderated by TEF Founder, Tony O. Elumelu.


The Forum will also feature the launch of the TEFConnect, the world’s largest digital platform for African entrepreneurs, dedicated to connecting African entrepreneurs and the entrepreneurship ecosystem.


Tony O. Elumelu, founder, stated: “In just four years, we have directly impacted 4,460 entrepreneurs, and we are beginning to see the results – job creation, ripple effects, but most importantly a recognition that Africa’s economic well-being is driven by entrepreneurs: female and male, large and small – they are the engine of our continent’s transformation. We will be championing and celebrating them. This year, we are truly achieving scale and impact; we received over 150,000 applications in 2017 alone, up from 20,000 applications in 2015. We are now calling on the current generation of African success stories and others to partner with us to see how we can all further create impact, genuinely transform millions of lives and increase the number of inspiring stories we will be hearing in Lagos”.


Parminder Vir OBE, TEF CEO, stated: “The TEF Entrepreneurship Forum is the only event across the continent that brings together the complete African entrepreneurship ecosystem, demonstrating our commitment to capturing the whole continuum – from the entrepreneurs themselves, governments who must provide enabling environments, to capital, advice and perhaps most importantly access and network”.


Inspired by Tony Elumelu’s economic philosophy of Africapitalism and his vision to institutionalise luck and democratise opportunity for a new generation of African entrepreneurs, the Tony Elumelu Foundation has implemented one of the most ambitious entrepreneurship programmes globally.


The Programme is a 10-year, $100 million commitment to identify, train, mentor, and fund 10,000 entrepreneurs. Its goal is to invest in businesses that will generate at least 1,000,000 new jobs and contribute at least $10 billion in new annual revenues across Africa.


In its 4th year, TEF Entrepreneurship Programme has empowered 4,460 entrepreneurs with a total investment of USD20million; 4,000 funded directly by the Foundation and 460 have been funded by partners.







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SNEPCo MD Calls for Diversification Roadmap as Shell Wins SPE Exhibition Award



L-R; Lead, Subsurface Shallow Water, Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company (SNEPCo), Kefe Amrasa; Outgoing Chairman, Nigeria Council of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, Chikezie Nwozu; Managing Director, Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company, Bayo Ojulari and Shell’s Vice President, Health, Safety and Environment, Osa Igiehon, at the presentation of The Best Exhibitor Award to Shell at the just-concluded SPE Nigeria annual conference and exhibition in Lagos.

Bayo Ojulari, managing director, Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company (SNEPCo), has harped on economic diversification as a panacea for job creation and rapid economic growth of Nigeria.


Ojulari, spoke at the just-concluded annual conference and exhibition of the Nigeria Council of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) where Shell Companies in Nigeria bagged the award for best exhibitor, beating to the second and third positions Chevron and Exxon Mobil respectively.


Speaking on the conference theme, Diversification of the Nigerian Economy – The Oil & Gas Industry as an Enabler, Ojulari called for a diversification roadmap bearing the commitment signature of major stakeholders in the Nigerian project. “With such a roadmap, we are able to track performance year-in year-out while remaining focused.”


Ojulari added, “For Nigeria to diversify its economy, it must leverage the low hanging fruits such as agriculture, petrochemicals, which use gas as its feedstock and most importantly, education and technology.”


At the awards ceremony, two Shell staff,  Oghogho Effiom and Stella Egwim, received the SPE Nigeria Chairman Medallion awards while 10 other Shell staff got Service awards. The awards demonstrate a strong Shell participation at the 2018 SPE conference at which 20 technical papers were delivered by Shell staff out of 150 papers constituting about 13% from Shell .


“Over the years, Shell Companies in Nigeria have continued to demonstrate thought leadership at flagship industry events such as the SPE and we continue to promote self-development and professional affiliation by our staff as part of our wider human capacity development in Nigeria,” said Ojulari who received the best exhibitor award from Mr. Chikezie Nwosu, outgoing SPE Nigeria Council Chairman.


Shell’s exhibition stand combined aesthetics, architecture, informative posters, panel discussion sessions, career talks, video presentations and the ever popular Shell Health stand, to be a central attraction at the conference.


Visitors who thronged the Shell booth were received by the Lead exhibitor, Kefe and team. The guests were drawn from oil servicing firms, equipment manufacturers, student, professional and academic bodies as well as international and indigenous oil contractors and companies.







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Anambra, Ebonyi and Imo States benefit from MTN’s Emergency Ward Intervention Project



In the spirit of brightening lives across different states in Nigeria, the MTN Foundation recently extended its Emergency Ward Intervention project to south-east Nigeria, donating medical equipment and health supplies to Anambra, Ebonyi and Imo states.


MTN, through its social investment vehicle – MTN Foundation – is dedicated to alleviating the vast health care needs of Nigerians especially for residents in local communities who cannot afford to pay for proper medical services.


Staff of the benefiting hospitals: Chukwuemeka Odimegwu Ojukwu University Teaching Hospital,Awka, Anambra; Federal Teaching Hospital Abakaliki (FETHA 1), Ebonyi and Imo State University Teaching Hospital(IMSUTH), Owerri were excited to receive the donations from the Foundation.


Dignitaries including health commissioners from various states who attended the handover ceremony applauded MTN for reaching out to them and positively transforming the health care system in their communities.


Some of the medical equipment and consumables donated by MTN Foundation include digital patient monitors, stethoscopes, fracture immobilizers, laryngoscopes, and aspiration suction machines, amongst others.

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